Do I Qualify?
Larry Brinker Jr.'s avatarPerson

Larry Brinker Jr.

President and Chief Executive OfficerBRINKER

Detroit, MI

Member Since October 2022


Investment Stategy
Community Building


Larry Brinker Jr. is an award-winning entrepreneur, impact investor, and mentor. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Brinker, a group of family-owned and operated commercial construction service companies responsible for over $4 billion in construction projects, which plays a critical role in the transformation and revitalization of Detroit. Recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 and Detroit Business Magazine’s 30 In Their 30’s, Brinker Jr.’s success has earned him the Next Generation Entrepreneur Award from the National Business League in 2017, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018, and a subsequent position as a national judge for the annual award. He received the University of Michigan Alumni Merit Award in 2022. In addition to his leadership in the construction services industry, Brinker Jr. is a mission-driven investor aspiring to impact the community through entrepreneurial development programs, philanthropy, and technology. In 2021 he co-founded Capsa Money, Inc., a banking model providing the underbanked with better access to essential financial services. He is also an early investor in the Air Company, a carbon technology company combating climate change by transforming CO2 emissions into products like sanitizers, vodka, fragrances, and jet fuel. On the philanthropic side, Brinker Jr. has established multiple scholarships, including a COVID-19 Legacy Survivor Scholarship fund.

Published content

What business challenges are distracting you from company goals?

expert panel

14 biz leaders discuss their best practices for overcoming business obstacles. Whether you are launching a brand-new business for the very first time, or you've recently been offered a promotion after climbing the ladder at your corporate job, the role of leadership is not always an easy one. This is especially true when your former lunch buddies start treating you differently and your engagement with them suddenly feels a bit awkward. Every leader in transition goes through growing pains, but eventually, it gets better. Below, 14 experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on their biggest challenges in management roles and how they've been able to overcome them or at least find a better balance.

8 factors design teams must consider before beginning a project

expert panel

You may have a groundbreaking design 'solution,' but have you thought about the following points? Whether your creative design team has been tapped to incorporate a new outdoor green space in a public setting, or partner to develop a community recreation center where residents can gather to spend quality time with their family and friends, the first step is for business leaders and staff to understand who they serve.  In fact, reaching out to local residents from the broader community, upfront, is a better way to build bridges, gather feedback, and understand the pain points that may (or may not) need to be solved. Doing so will also help cut down on any unnecessary investments that are not a good fit for the intended audience being served. Below, eight members from Fast Company Executive Board share one thing that company leaders need to consider both socially and culturally when integrating a sustainable design solution into the marketplace.

20 tips to gain trust and credibility in the workplace

expert panel

Apply these best practices to add your voice to the conversation and take your seat at the table. Whether you're launching your career in your industry of choice for the very first time or you're a new hire fulfilling your latest role, it may take some time to prove your worth on the job and gain the trust of your leaders, direct co-workers, and other cross-departmental teams. In theory, employers must ensure that leadership, from the top down, is creating a psychologically safe environment for their employees to feel heard and share ideas or concerns. But if the organization that you signed up for is not being proactive about putting policies in place to improve its company culture, experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer 20 best practices to assist aspiring leaders who want to enhance their chances of having a seat at the table in their workplace.

16 tips to make a greater impact on your local business community

expert panel

Here's how to build better relationships with your community workforce, local government, and area businesses. There is much to consider when company leaders begin negotiating and collaborating with local governments to possibly open headquarters in a new or unfamiliar area. It's not only about understanding the potential target audience, but it's also about protecting, respecting, and maintaining the workforce and consumer pipeline that already occupies the community. All brands must be aware of the direct impact and responsibility that comes with settling into the cities they plan to conduct business in worldwide. Here, 16 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer tips to help business leaders execute their grand opening plans without a hitch—and with the local community's connection and buy-in.

Is your department's future the latest on the chopping block? 

expert panel

Here's how managers can help their team showcase the added value they bring to the company and remain irreplaceable during tough economic times. As employee layoff announcements continue to loom across major industries, team leaders may be wondering how they can ensure the stability of their department's future at the company and avoid being replaced or eventually phased out. Here, 14 experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on their best practices to help staff members stay proactive when it comes to highlighting their contributions to move the business forward long term.

Creating a better workplace: 20 ways to leverage innovative technology

expert panel

Access to the right technology can transform the employee experience and ensure maximum productivity and innovation from your team. An exceptional workplace experience should be at the top of many companies' lists when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. Company leaders are increasingly turning to cutting-edge technology to transform their workplaces for this reason. Here, Fast Company Executive Board members explore how forward-thinking leaders can harness the power of workplace technology to design a workplace experience that's both engaging and efficient. Read on to discover the key strategies and emerging trends that are turning workplaces into dynamic hubs of productivity and collaboration.

Company details


Company bio

Brinker Group is made up of L.S. Brinker, Brinker Team Construction, City Carpet and Flooring, Universal Glass and Metals, and Edgewood Electric. All share the Brinker values of strong communication, unconditional support and strength of community. Five individual companies that together are uniquely positioned to offer more. With over 30 years of transforming our company and our home City of Detroit, we continue to grow our capabilities and pave the way for smaller diverse companies to stand on their own. From developing the downtown and designing urban areas, to constructing new spaces and renovating historical buildings, we’re able to take on projects of all scopes and complexities and we’ve had great results.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus